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'''Thomas Alva Edison''' (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the Movie camera|motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric Incandescent light bulb|light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park", he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and because of that, he is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory. Edison was a List of prolific inventors|prolific inventor, holding 1,093 List of Edison patents|US patents in his name, as well as many patents in the United...
Birth nameThomas Alva Edison
Birth date{{Birth date|mf=yes|1847|02|11}}
Birth placeMilan, Ohio, U.S.
Death date{{Death date and age|mf=yes|1931|10|18|1847|02|11}}
Death placeWest Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
OccupationInventor, businessman
EducationSelf-educated
NationalityAmericans|American
Spouse{{ublist|{{marriage|Mary Stilwell |December 25, 1871|August 9, 1884}}|{{marriage|Mina Miller |February 24, 1886|October 18, 1931}}}}
ReligionDeism|Deist (previously Congregationalist){{cite web |url=http://www.adherents.com/people/pe/Thomas_Edison.html |title=The Religious Affiliation of Inventor Thomas Edison |archiveurl=http://www.webcitation.org/6LOgQeT6w |archivedate=July 28, 2012}} -->
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